‘Infinity Challenge’ Enters Eighth Week of Broadcast Suspension, All-Time Record
MBC’s popular variety program, Infinity Challenge was unable to broadcast again for the eighth week in a row due to the ongoing labor union strikes. Next week’s broadcast for March 31 is also likely to be suspended, leaving the show′s future murky.
On March 24, a representative of MBC shared that the day’s Infinity Challenge episode would be replaced with a special broadcast due to the ongoing labor union strikes. The suspension meant a new episode of the show had not aired since the ‘Infinity Challenge Haha versus Hong Chul 2nd Story’ episode eight weeks ago.
In addition, MBC shared next week’s scheduled broadcast for March 31 was also unlikely to air, which would leave the show unable to air new episodes for nine weeks.
This actually is not the first time Infinity Challenge has been unable to air. In 2010 the show was unable to air new episode for seven weeks due to the Cheonan Navy ship incident and a labor union strike that followed immediately after. However, this latest broadcast suspension has brought the show a new record - and not a good one - as eight weeks of no new episodes is unprecedented in the show′s history.
The labor unions of MBC’s drama, variety and newsroom have gone on strike since January 30 calling for the resignation of MBC’s president Kim Jae Chul.
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